Hadrian's Wall in Cumbria includes one of the most spectacular Roman forts along the Wall - Birdoswald Roman Fort. Famous Augustinian priory Lanercost Priory also sits along the Wall in Cumbria near Brampton.
Access the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail from the choice of pretty villages along the Cumbria stretch. Charming farmhouse B&Bs and luxury inns with rooms and guest houses in Brampton and Gilsland are plentiful and villages along the Wall also feature a choice of fine traditional inns serving great real ales and locally sourced food.
Famously featuring the longest complete stretch of Hadrian's Wall and remains of the original turf Wall, Birdoswald Roman Fort is located west of Gilsland village ( just off the A69). Great for families, this Roman Fort hosts year round themed events, activities and fantastic Roman re-enactments across Bank Holiday weekends.
See exhibitions and displays on the history of Birdoswald Roman Fort at the on-site visitor centre and enjoy fine homemade food and quality teas and coffees in the Birdoswald tearoom. Why not combine your visit with a tour of the great Roman collections on display at Tullie House in Carlisle city centre.
Augustinian Lanercost Priory along the Cumbrian stretch of the Wall was founded in 1169 and is remarkably preserved considering the number of attacks it endured including one by Robert Bruce! The original inner archway entrance to the Priory survives as does the stunning nave and cloisters. Find the Priory just north east of Brampton. Ample parking, a tearoom, farm shop, picnic area and exhibition are all on-site.
The Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail runs through the heart of the North Cumbrian countryside from Bowness-on-Solway in the west past Burgh by Sands and through Carlisle on to Brampton and Gilsland. Walking along this stunning borderland national trail is incredibly popular, with gentle sections of the Path an option, accessible via the great Hadrian's Wall Country bus service offering a great hop-on/hop-off service between Carlisle, Crosby-on-Eden, Brampton, Lanercost Priory, Birdoswald and Gilsland.
Stay in great B&Bs in Brampton just a short distance from Hadrian's Wall and the Path or book a self-catering holiday cottages near the Wall. Beautiful heritage farmhouse B&Bs and inns are numerous around villages along Hadrian's Wall serving fine local produce and offering a warm North Cumbrian welcome. Brampton is the most popular centre, but you'll also find wonderfully peaceful retreats around border villages Gisland and Greenhead.